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  • Heidi May 31, 2006 10:13 AM

Looking for a good bowl of yummy pho in San Antonio.

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Heidi

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  1. I'm no pho expert, but I had my share when I lived in Houston. In SA I've been to Pho San Antonio a couple of times... the pho was good and the people were friendly. Can't compare it to any other pho houses in SA, though, because I haven't had the chance to go anywhere else yet. Pho San Antonio is on Wurzbach south of the medical center.

    1. There is a really good pho place at Bitters Road and West Ave. It is in the same strip mall as Rome Pizza. I can't remeber the name, but it's pretty easy to find. You should check it out.

      1. Pho Cong Ly ?
        300 W Bitters
        499-5574

        If that's the one I recall ... friends raved about it ... I found it mediocre -- decent service but they don't handle a dozen folks at a table very well. The pho doesn't compare to that which is available at the good pho places in Houston -- the ingredients just aren't as fresh. I haven't tried any of the other pho places in S.A.

        I'd be glad to find better here in S.A.

        1. I liked Vietnam Kitchen on Bandera, but they closed, would love to hear other reccomendations...

          Thanks,
          Steve

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          1. re: shauben2007

            Since moving our office over near Bandera and 410, I've had to try new lunch places. I thought Pho San Antonio just OK. We have also tried Pho Ha Long 6424 NW Loop 410, its very good. I have actually only tried Bun vermicelli Bowls with shrimp and pork. It was enough to share. Second visit was a rice dish we did not enjoy as much as vermicelli. But almost every table was eating soup (Pho) which I will try very soon. This place smells so wonderful when you walk in. It is difficult at times communicating with waiters. Oh we tried the fresh springs rolls (good) but the fried one, 2 to an order, at 2.99 was excellent.

            1. re: SAnativegirl

              I think the Pho @ Pho Ha Long is very good (not as good as Vietnam Kitchen though). Didn't much care for the rolls especially the fried ones. Will check it out again soon.

              Thanks,
              Steve

          2. Moving to San Antonio from Chicago, I have been disappointed (almost daily) in the S.A. food scene, or lack there of, especially anything this side of hamburgers/tacos/BBQ!. It is fair to say that I am currently in "food shock". I mean, how many hamburger/mexican/BBQ places do we really need in one town? I appreciate local cuisine and all..but this is kind of ridiculous! It is no surprise that my eyes widen with glee whenever I see some ethnic variety in S.A. restaurant options :)
            I recently ate at Pho San Antonio, it was okay at best. No comparison to really good/cheap Pho in Chicago though. I will check out Pho Ha Long on 410. That seems promising! Will update later.

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            1. re: danica1

              Hello,

              As someone who eats out every night, I would like to suggest a few rest.
              The following are not Mex./Burgers/BBQ. La Frite (Belgian), Fujiya(Sushi),
              Ciao Lavanderia (Italian), Bistro Vatel( French), Please let me know what you think.

              1. re: danica1

                I moved back here after 7 years in Chicago and Minneapolis. We just have to come to grips with the fact that we can't find food here that would compare to the most mediocre restaurants in Chicago (especially ethnic food (not Mexican)). What I miss most are good midwestern American restaurants, small portions and refined. Here it's all gigantic portions and "American" is a bad burger.

              2. Try the place at bitters and West ave. I still really like this place. Their pho is good and not pricey and their spring rolls are really yummy.

                1. I recommend trying Pho Ha Long at Ingram and 410 and also Saigon Express on McCullough.
                  Both are authentic, great tasting and give you the best bang for your buck.
                  www.SAeats.com

                  1. I know this is a really late reply, but I can tell you for certain that Lien Hung has the best Pho in SA. I have been everywhere in San Antonio, and I think that place is the best. It's on Fratt Road, between Eisenhower and Rittiman, just off I35. Second best is Pho Ha Long, off of Ingram and 410, and a close third is Pho Hi An (or something like that) on Walzem, just two or three blocks past and across the street from Windsor Park Mall.

                    1. There is a really great place in the little shopping center on Vance Jackson and Warzbach. The Pho is as good as the other places, but mainly I really like the lady who works there. She is always there and gives excellent service.

                      1. Seriously, the best pho in san antonio has to be at Pho Ha Long.
                        I have never been dissappointed going there. Plus, they have boba.
                        I am originally from Houston and know what pho is supposed to look and taste like.
                        At Vietnam Gardens they made pho with the wrong type of noodles and it tasted really strange. On the other hand that same restaurant also serves Thai food so it's not solely devoted to Vietnamese food.

                        The one off broadway with teh wide wine selection: is also another good place to go for pho.

                        I just prefer Pho Ha Long, well lit, good service, food is awesome and they also have boba.

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                        1. re: empress

                          Whats the name of the one off Broadway? Pho Ha Long is my husbands fav for the noodle dishes.

                          1. re: empress

                            Lien Hung is the Best!

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                            Lien Hung Restaurant
                            Corner of Remount and Fratt, San Antonio, TX 78218

                          2. if you are looking for a Vietnamese sandwich, Banh Mi, do not go here. I did not try it, but they use big fat rolls that do not even approximate a french-vietnamese baguette. They are clueless. They said it was all the same, but it is not. Stay Away.

                            1. Have to second "Lien Hung". Don't let the looks deceive you. I won't eat any other Pho Ga (chicken pho) after theirs. It's TERRIFIC!!! Eveything else there is delicious, too.

                              1. Pho Ha Long is great. Lately, I've been very partial to Pho Hai An at 4934 Windsor Hill, about two blocks east of I-35 just off of Walzem. Their pho is outstanding - perhaps a bit more refined than Pho Ha Long, but just as flavorful.

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                                Pho Hai An
                                4934 Windsor Hl, San Antonio, TX 78239

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                                1. re: the barking dog

                                  What do you think about Lien Hung?

                                  Its on Remount and I-35 at the end of the road on Remount ST.

                                  I hear its the Best in Town?

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                                  Lien Hung Restaurant
                                  Corner of Remount and Fratt, San Antonio, TX 78218

                                  1. re: sticky_rice

                                    I like Lien Hung very much and they get quite a bit of local traffic for lunch. The appearance and atmosphere are not great but the food is some of the best in SAT. I'm a huge appreciator of Pho and I enjoy the Pho that is prepared here. Beef is well cut and tender. Broth is refined, with strong herbal tastes and is not greasy or overly salty. Good BBQ pork summer rolls. Usually always have fresh, strong basil. I have never had a problem with the service as I realize I'm not eating at P.F. Changs. Pho Cong Ly / Taste of Asia on Bitters and West is also a favorite haunt with my friends. We eat there not because it's overly authentic or fantastic, but just because the people are nice and it's consistently good every time. Ha Long - I'm sorry to say, is a bit overrated. It's good though and as other say..they have Boba

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                                    Lien Hung Restaurant
                                    Corner of Remount and Fratt, San Antonio, TX 78218

                                    Taste of Asia
                                    300 W Bitters Rd Ste 120, San Antonio, TX 78216